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2016 Report

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10th June

Very quiet on the land with just the regular birds being seen but a visit to the Patch produced two first-summer Mediterranean Gulls, four Little Terns and an Arctic Tern. An adult Yellow-legged Gull was feeding with the usual gulls at the Fish Shack this afternoon.

A Brown Hare was seen.

Pyramidal Orchids are starting to flower in front of the Observatory.

Ten Painted Ladies and four Brown Argus were seen and another Variable Damselfly was found at the Long Pits. Over the last couple of years I have been making regular searches of large patches of forget-me-not in the hope finding the host-specific shieldbug and today I think I have finally found a brood of first-instar larvae of Sehirus luctuosus.
Variable Damselfly Coenagrion pulchellum   Dungeness  10th June 2018
Forget-me-not Shieldbug Sehirus luctuosus   Dungeness   10th June 2018.
Note these are very small, c1.5mm in length, and are first-instar larvae. .